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Day 2 afternoon qualifiers : Lemaitre looks likely again

05.03.2011 World

Christophe Lemaitre gave a further demonstration of his championship winning ability by bulleting to a European lead in the men’s 60m semi-finals at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy this afternoon.

The triple European outdoor sprint gold medallist breasted the finish line in 6.55 to equal his lifetime best with a blistering run. The 20-year-old sprint sensation was once again slow out the blocks but his acceleration over the final 30m was hugely impressive.

Behind him Brian Mariano of the Netherlands set a national record of 6.60 for second with the 2009 European Indoor bronze medallist Emanuele Di Gregorio of Italy and Switzerland’s Cedric Nade 0.02 futher back in third and fourth, respectively. Nade set a new personal best and both athletes secured safe passage into the final as fastest losers.

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